Design proposals, Stage 1

Below you find the summaries of the eleven submitted entries in the first stage of the Nobel Center architectural design competition. All illustrations were exhibited at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm through April 2014.

The task of stage one of the competition included an overall design concept of the building and explaining how the building will relate to the surrounding urban and marine setting on Blasieholmen.

The proposals were submitted under anonymous mottos. The jury was entrusted with selecting two to five proposals, to be invited to continue to Stage 2. Three design proposals reached the shortlist. After that, the names of the architects behind each submission have been revealed.

In its assessment work, the jury attached great importance to the building’s adaptation to the surrounding cityscape and cultural environment, as well as how the external design fits together with the Nobel Prize and the identity of Nobel activities.

The shortlisted proposals were:

Nobelhuset –David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, Germany

From the jury’s review: The proposed building conveys dignity and has an identity that feels well balanced for the Nobel Center. The limited footprint of the building allows room for a valuable park facing the eastern portions of the site, with plenty of space for a waterfront promenade along the quay. The façade surfaces will also reflect light from the sky down into the street or open space on Hovslagargatan.

A P(a)lace to Enjoy –Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, Sweden

From the jury’s review: One of the foremost qualities of the building is the openness of its entrance level. Its glass façade is inviting and creates close contact between outdoors and indoors and between urban life and the activities in the Nobel Center. The grand stairway is a classic element that can give the building a dignity that fits the identity of the Nobel Center.

A Room and a Half –Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sweden

From the jury’s review: The proposal is a coherent, classically proportioned building that connects to the surrounding cityscape. Because the building is placed at an angle to Hovslagargatan, this creates an attractive open space near the entrance. The proposal also leaves ample room for a waterside promenade and outdoor public areas. In many ways, its materials and appearance are well adapted to the purposes of the building.



  • A room and a Half

    A Room and a Half

    Architect: Johan Celsing, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor (Sweden) Result: Shortlisted   The Nobel Center at Blasieholmen will inject a vigorous new institution and add considerably to the ambience of the area around Nationalmuseum. This project will transform Blasieholmen into a new whole with two distinct public institutions (the other being Nationalmuseum) sited on either side of […]

  • Nobelhuset


    Architect: David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin (Germany) Result: Shortlisted Presentation of the competition proposal The Nobel Prize may be considered the most significant global prize for outstanding human achievements in science, literature and peacemaking in the world. Since 1901 when the first prizes were assigned the Nobel Prize has been associated with […]

  • A P(a)lace to enjoy

    A P(a)lace to enjoy

    Architect: Gert Wingårdh, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor (Sweden) Result: Shortlisted   The Nobel Prize is not just fame and fortune. It is also about self-sacrificing work, demanding tasks, and many hours of struggles with research, with words and with strives for humanity of mankind. This is what this building will inform. It will be a home for […]

  • Nobel Sphere

    Nobel Sphere

    Architect: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA (Japan) Result: Not selected   Our proposal for the Nobel Center is to create an open public park which can be used during all seasons. We aim to create a place where people can casually visit to learn about the Nobel Laureates and their contributions, or to simply […]



    Architect: Bjarke Ingels, BIG Copenhagen / New York (Denmark) Result: Not selected   “Optics: a transparent solid body, often having triangular bases, used for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting rays of light.” “Geometry: a solid having bases or ends that are parallel, congruent polygons and sides that are parallelograms.” Spectrum The Nobel […]

  • we believe in the capability…

    “We believe in…”

    “We believe in the capability of structure to engage activities and beings; to create society” Architect: Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes (France) Result: Not selected   Structure of discovery Bringing activities and beings in contact in an evolving space is the double condition under which something occur : the sudden encounter […]

  • The Space Between

    Architect: Kjetil Thorsen, Snøhetta (Norway) Result: Not selected   The work of the Nobel laureates exhibits an amazing level of hard work combined with truly new thinking. All of this with the highest of ideals. Our proposal defines the identity of the new Nobel Center in terms of the interplay between the known and the […]

  • BEYOND 1210

    Beyond 1210

    Architect: Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, OMA (The Netherlands) Result: Not selected   “Ever since the inception of the Nobel Prize, a building where the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Laureates and their achievements can be presented to the general public has been envisioned…” The Nobel Foundation is the living proof that an institution doesn’t […]

  • Archipelago


    Architect: Lene Tranberg, Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter (Denmark) Result: Not selected   The architectural concept of the new Nobel Center reflects and interprets the ‘spirit of place’ present on Blasieholmen; arising from the site specific with a solid anchoring in the Nordic spirit; while at the same time interpreting the universal phenonmenons of the solid […]

  • Butterfly view 3


    Architect: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Jan Ammundsen and Bo Boje Larsen, 3XN (Denmark) Result: Not selected   As an admired and global symbol of knowledge excellence, the new Nobel Center in Stockholm reaches outwards to the World in an open and inviting manner. Just as a butterfly’s gentle movements can have an impact on our planet, […]

  • Landing Seagulls

    Landing Seagulls

    Architect: Marcel Meili and Markus Peter, Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten (Switzerland) Result: Not selected   The Center in the Public Space The design sees the terrain as an open port platform, on which parts are deposited rather than having buildings and walls grow out of the ground. Based on this interpretation, we structured the […]